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    November 9, 2018 Career fair

    The Fisher College of Business, Center for Real Estate's Career Fair at The Blackwell Inn & Pfahl Conference Center on 11/9/2018.

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    October 23, 2018 Fall Dinner

    The Center for Real Estate's 2018 Fall Dinner honoree was Mr. Jack Kessler. The event was held at the Franklin Park Conservatory, Wells Barn on 10/23/2018. The event was a great success and we would like to thank the speakers who included Mr. Les Wexner and Mr. Bobby Schottenstein.

    Les Wexner  Jack Kessler  Bobby Schottenstein

    October 5th, 2018 Breakfast Panel: Brownfield Development

    Development of brownfield sites offers both risk and reward. How do you evaluate each? When do the rewards outweigh the risks? Are the best opportunities already taken? Join us with a panel of experts to examine this topic. 

    October 5th, 2018 | 7:30 am - 9:00 am

    Ballroom, Blackwell Inn & Pfahl Conference Center

    Panelists:

    Mark Wagenbrenner, Wagenbrenner Development

    Mayor Ben Kessler, City of Bexley 

    Aaron Clapper, Greater Ohio Policy Center

    Kristin L. Watt, Vorys, Sater Seymour and Pease, LLP

     

    June 7 - Breakfast Panel: The Global Financial Crisis: Ten Years Later

    Join us for a conversation with industry leaders as we look back at the Global Financial Crisis that began in 2008. What has changed, and what has not? How have their companies and strategies adapted since the Crisis? What enduring lessons remain?

    When: June 7, 7:30 - 9:00 a.m.
    Where: Mason Hall, 2nd floor rotunda

    Panelists:

    • Robert Schottenstein, CEO of M/I Homes
    • Brad Sturm, Lead Portfolio Manager for the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System
    • Brent Crawford, Principal and Founder, Crawford Hoying

     

    May 17 - 18 - PhD Conference on Real Estate and Housing

    The Center for Real Estate partners with the John Glenn College of Public Affairs and the Knowlton School of Architecture to hold annual PhD Conference on Real Estate and Housing. The purpose of the conference is to provide a platform for doctoral students from various disciplines to showcase and develop their real estate and housing-related research through high quality discussant and audience feedback.

    For more information and to register, please visit the conference site.

    ANNUAL REAL ESTATE CONFERENCE

    APRIL 25, 2018
    4:00 - 8:30 P.M.
    THE BLACKWELL HOTEL

    What does the City of the Future look like? And what do cities have to do to prepare themselves for the future? The answers to these questions are not simple. They are complex, multidimensional and unique to every city as they work to address challenges connected to growth, changes in our climate, aging infrastructure, technological advancements and many others. Arriving at the right answers is crucial as cities compete on global stage to attract talent, companies and resources.

    The 2018 Real Estate Conference will contribute to this conversation by bringing together experts who will discuss principles for planning and building resilient cities, the future of transportation infrastructure and the utilization of technology in the real estate industry.

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    April 5: View from the C-Suite: Walt Rakowich, former CEO, Prologis

    We sat down with Walt Rakowich to discuss his experience in leading the turnaround of an S&P 500 company at the height of the 2008 recession.  Walt had stepped in as CEO of Prologis after the stock had fallen over 96 percent within ten months, and ultimately restored the company to its position as an industry leader through transparent leadership methods that aligned with a core set of values: humility, honesty and heart.  Walt shared his lessons learned from this and other experiences in our inaugural View from the C-Suite forum, Lessons in Leadership. 

    About the Event

    Walt Rakowich Bio

    March 22: Breakfast Panel: Capital Markets Outlook: Risks and Opportunities for Real Estate

    Where is the economy going next? What inning are we in? Has the game turned into a double header? What will rising interest rates mean for real estate? And what does all this mean for my business? Our panel of experts attempted to answer these questions and more. We heard about opportunities and risks from the perspective of lenders, institutional investors and investment managers. 

    Panelists:

    • Renee Csuhran, EVP and Managing Director of Commercial Real Estate, Community Development Lending and Investments, Huntington Bank
    • Mary Ludgin, Managing Director and Head of Global Research, Heitman
    • Jennifer Young Stevens, Principal, The Townsend Group

     

    February 22 – Market Analysis

    FRES welcomed Rob Vogt, the  Managing Partner of Vogt Strategic Insights (VSI). VSI provides market analyses and market feasibility studies for a range of real estate alternatives, including affordable and market-rate apartments, condominiums, single-family developments, senior living alternatives, commercial space and mixed-use developments.

    February 19 – Executive lunch: REITs – Phillips Edison

    The graduate FRES hosted a lunch and conversation with executives fromPhillips Edison & Company (PECO), a Cincinnati-based Real Estate Investment Trust. PECO is one of the nation’s largest owners and operators of market-leading, grocery-anchored shopping centers. PECO manages more than $1.7 billion of gross real estate investments on behalf of Phillips Edison Grocery Center REIT II, Inc., a non-traded, publicly-registered shopping center REIT, as well as other companies. The executives discussed the REITs landscape in general, as well as full time and internship opportunities with their company.

    February 15: ULI Hines Local Competition

    Eevery year ULI Columbus, the Center for Real Estate at the Ohio State University, and Knowlton School of Architecture organize a ULI Hines Student Urban Design Competition Local Review. All four graduate teams consisting of students from Fisher and Knowlton School presented their final projects that were submitted for the national ULI Hines Student Urban Design Competition. The event was attended by 70+ local real estate professionals. The keynote speakers, Michael Schiff, Owner and Founder, Schiff Capital Group, and Robert Loversidge, President & Chief Executive Officer, Schooley Caldwell, discussed their plans for Columbus' North Market site.

    February 8: Commercial Brokerage

    Matt Bobst, an associate broker at Colliers International specializing in commercial office, came to talk to FRES about the inner workings of commercial brokerage and why students might want to consider a career in this segment of the real estate industry.

    February 2: Site visit: CASTO

    A small group of students had an opportunity to visit CASTO, one of the oldest real estate companies in central Ohio. The president of CASTO Communities, Brent Sobczak and his development team was on hand to discuss the company, its developments and answer questions. The site visit started with a visit to their offices to get an overview of the company and then went to see one of their new developments, The Jilian. 

    January 25: Executive lunch: Brian Yeager, President and CEO, Champion Companies

    The graduate chapter of FRES hosted an Executive Lunch with Brian Yeager, the President and CEO of the Champion Companies. Brian and his sister, Michelle Yeager-Thornton, built their company from ground up in the aftermath of the Great Recession. Brian has led Champion to becoming a top fifty fastest-growing private company in Central Ohio for six consecutive years (2012-2017). In 2014, he was honored by Columbus Business First as a 40 Under 40 award recipient. Serving in the Ohio Army National Guard from 1999-2007, Brian is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from The Ohio State University. Currently, Champion owns and manages nearly 5,000 market-rate apartments throughout the growing suburbs of Central Ohio.

    January 18: Young Alumni Panel

    FRES was pleased to welcome a panel of five young alumni from various sectors of the real estate industry. The alumni talked a bit about how they got started in their careers and answered questions about strategies for networking, how to go about finding an internship or a job in the real estate industry, and many more. The panel included Scott Hartley ('14), Real Estate Investments with Nationwide, Jennifer Kochan ('11), development Manager with Lifestyle Communities, Patrick Lynch ('14), Financial Analyst with White Oak Partners, Tom Vetter ('10), CEO of Vetter Companies and Austin Zachem ('17), Investment Analyst with Rockbridge. 

    January 11: Breakfast Panel - Impact of E-Commerce on Industrial Real Estate

    With the rapid evolution of e-commerce and related distribution requirements, industrial space is in great demand and landlords must adapt to keep pace. Our panel of experts in industrial real estate investing, logistics, and distribution brought a unique perspective to the issue as they discussed what this means for supply chain logistics and distribution facilities.

    Panelists:

    • THOMAS GOLDSBY, Professor of Logistics, Chair, Department of Marketing & Logistics
    • ADRIAN KUMAR, Vice President, Solutions Design Group, DHL Supply Chain
    • JONATHAN RUDERSDORF, Vice President, Prologis
    • JOSEPH VERSAGGI, Senior Vice President, Washington Capital Management

     

    Panelist bios


    November 30: Role of Tax Incentives in Real Estate Development, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m., 315 Schoenbaum Hall

    Chris Clements, JD, and Chris J. Knezevic, JD, of Vorys gave a presentation about the ways various tax incentives can be used to help finance development projects. They covered the major types of tax incentives available to real estate developers, how they work and how they can be used to make projects financially feasible.

    November 16: Specialized Real Estate: Healthcare and Senior Housing, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m., 315 Schoenbaum Hall

    Joel Mendes, Senior Vice President, JLL and Michael Kudla, Chief Operating Officer, Hplex Solutions, came to Fisher College of Business to discuss a growing niche of the real estate market, senior housing and assisted living. They discussed some of the deals they have been involved in, what makes health care and senior housing different from other sectors of the market, and why this field offers a number of opportunities.

    November 2: NAIOP Case Competition Final Presentations, 5:30 - 8:00 p.m., Mason Hall 2nd floor rotunda

    On November 2, five teams presented their final projects in front of a group of judges for the 2nd annual NAIOP Case Competition. Congratulations to all students who competed and to those who won. Thank you to NAIOP Central Ohio for their generous support as well as awarding our students $4000 in monetary prizes.

    October 27: Site Visit - Columbus Downtown Development Corporation

    Students can join the Center and the Fisher Real Estate Society on a site visit to the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation as they discuss their plans for the Scioto Peninsula and their impact on downtown Columbus. CDDC's work on Scioto Mile has been recognized by numerous awards, including the 2017 ACEC Ohio Engineering Excellence Award  and 2016 American Planning Association National Planning Excellence Award for Implementation.

    October 23: Executive Lunch: Rob Bilse, Head of Capital Markets, North America, PATRIZIA Immobilien AG

    Please join us for lunch with one of our alumni, Mr. Rob Bilse, the Head of Capital Markets, North America, PATRIZIA Immobilien AG. Mr. Bilse has 18 years of experience in the real estate industry. Prior to joining PATRIZIA, he has worked in various capacities including new product development and fundraising for Brookfield Asset Management and PGIM Real Estate. He started his career at Goldman Sachs Asset Management. This is a great networking opportunity for any student who is interested in pursuing a real estate career on the East coast.

    October 18: Information Session - US Bank Commercial Real Estate

    Please come learn about US Bank Credit Analyst program on October 18 from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Recruiters from US Bank will be on hand to give you more details about the program and answer your questions. This program is designed for finance and accounting majors, who are, at heart, real estate people. USBank is one of the dominant players in commercial real estate banking. Our team focuses on large regional and national scale clients in development, construction, realty management, REIT’s, institutional investors among others. The analysts will be working with some of the most experienced and highest caliber lenders in the industry today and working on the underwriting of “live” deals from the beginning of their training. If you are interested in applying for an on campus interview on October 19, please go to Fisher Connect and look for  posting number 442425. They are recruiting primarily for their main hub office in Minneapolis. But, also have opportunities in Dallas, Denver, DC, L.A. and Atlanta.

    October 11: Getting a Job in Private Equity: Real Estate Industry Insights

    A discussion with recent hires and managers from Rockbridge, a private equity firm specializing in the hospitality sector, about the hiring process, what questions to expect in interviews, what to prep for, lessons learned, etc. This was an informal and an open forum for students to ask questions they might have about how to best go about getting a job in this segment of the real estate industry.

    October 11: Business headshots

    October 6: Lunch with Jamie Gorski, Chief Marketing Officer at The Bozzuto Group

    Lunch with Ms. Jamie Gorski, an OSU alum and Chief Marketing Officer at The Bozzuto Group, where she provides strategic marketing direction for the entire company, overseeing all marketing and public relations efforts for Bozzuto’s homebuilding, multifamily development, construction and property management divisions. Jamie’s expertise includes strategic brand development, standards implementation, market analysis and online marketing. She has extensive experience overseeing major digital marketing campaigns and is an expert in advancing both online and offline marketing initiatives. In 2013, the Journal of Property Management named her as one of the women changing the world of real estate management, and in 2012 she was named as one of the most influential multifamily executives to watch by Multi-Housing News. She serves as the current chair of the ULI Washington Communications Committee, on the Zillow Advisory Board and on the Apartment List Leadership Council.

    October 5: Corporate Real Estate

    The undergraduate chapter of the Fisher Real Estate Society hosted an event on Corporate Real Estate. , Kevin Day, the Vice President of Real Estate for Big Lots, and Matt McQuade, Managing Director of Business Development at Columbus 2020, talked about corporate real estate, site selection and business development from the city perspective. 

    September 29 - Site Visit: Campus Partners

    FRES and the Center for Real Estate visited with Campus Partners, an organization established by The Ohio State University in 1996 to spearhead the revitalization of the urban neighborhoods around its Columbus campus. Campus Partners was incorporated as a non-profit organization to work with the city, community agencies, neighborhood civic associations and the university itself. They spoke about the university development plans and the partnerships that make it possible.

    September 21 - Breakfast Panel: Looking Ahead: Future of Multifamily Housing

    The future of the multifamily market continues to be a frequent topic of conversations in central Ohio and beyond. While the demographic projections for central Ohio seem to point toward continuing growth, other indicators suggest a near future slow down. Our panelists discussed trends in the different segments of the multifamily market and what we might expect to see in 2017 and beyond.

    • Kerstin Carr, Director of Planning and Environment, MORPC
    • James Croft, Chairmand and CEO, RED Capital
    • Tre Giller, CEO, DRK & Company
    • Edmond Joseph, Vice President, CBRE
    • Guy Worley, CEO, Columbus Downtown Development Corporation
       

     

    September 15: Real Estate Career Roundtable

     

    The Center for Real Estate, in conjunction with the  Fisher Real Estate Society, hosted a annual Real Estate Career Roundtable on September 15, 2017. This annual event is designed to highlight opportunities that exist in the real estate industry and features multiple speakers representing different segments of the real estate industry. This years' speakers discussed careers in private equity and institutional real estate investments, development, consulting and corporate real estate.

    September 14: Crash Course in Real Estate Terms

    This session was designed for any graduate or undergradaute student interested in learning more about the real estate industry, but is a bit unsure about the variour terms being used. We covered the basics to make sure you can get the most from the various events organized by FRES and the Center and can ask meaningful questions.

     

    September 6: Harrison Street Information Session

     

    On September 6, Alex Kozak ('17), joined us to hold an informational session on Harrison Street, a Chicago-based real estate investment management firm that offers investment products for access to well-defined private and public real estate segments.

    September 5: Fisher Real Estate Society Kick Off Session

    The Fisher Real Estate Society is an undergradute student club for students who are interested in pursuing careers in the many sectors of the real estate industry. On September 5, FRES kicked off the 2017-2018 academic year with a session where we talked about the year ahead, the planned events, case competitions, scholarships, travel grants and other things.

    August 29: ULI Hines Case Competition Info Session

    The ULI D. Hines Competition is one of the most prestigious real estate case competitions in the world. The Center partners with ULI Columbus and the Knowlton School of Architecture to provide our teams with professional mentors as well as opportunities to learn and receive feedback on their work. The info session provided interested students information about the competition and give them a chance to meet current MBA students who have competed last year. The teams are composed of 5 students representing at least three disciplines, including business, urban and regional planning, architecture, landscape architecture, public policy and others. The teams work with their industry mentor over the period of two weeks on formulating their proposals.